Day 1 of training camp concluded earlier this afternoon. Here are some news and notes from the first day…
– A week after being cleared to ramp up his on-ice rehab, goaltender Pekka Rinne (hip surgery) fully participated in today’s second session.
“It was a good start to the training camp,” he said. “I’m so happy to be able to be back out there. It’s feeling good. I will just ease into it and see how it reacts but so far, so good. I didn’t have to hold back when I was in net. I tried to go my hardest and I was winded. It was a good feeling.”
– Today was Seth Jones’ first day in an NHL training camp. He looked great in one-on-one drills and showed glimpses of his potential during the 90-minute session.
“In a [small] sample there were a lot of competes; I really liked what he did,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “He had a lot of detail; real strong; strong stick defensively; he jumped up (in the play) well.”
“You can tell he’s ahead of the curve for most guys his age, for sure,” Mike Fisher said.
– Jones moved into Shea Weber’s house this week and will be there through the preseason. Jones is already impressed with Weber’s two dogs, Dug and Rod.
“The dogs are so big. I’ve never seen bigger dogs in my life. They are both around 200 pounds,” he said.
– Magnus Hellberg left the first on-ice session early and is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury. Allen York will join the Predators on a pro tryout. York spent the last three seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.
– Today’s camp took place at Bridgestone Arena due to an ice malfunction at Centennial Sportsplex. The practices are scheduled return to Centennial Friday with the first session (blue squad) starting at 9:15 a.m. The silver and white teams will scrimmage around 12:45.